Murray is ready for winter!


When I walked into Murray’s house this evening he couldn’t contain his excitement about having a new sweater 🙂  I wanted to measure his legs to make sure that the opening was the right size for him, however it was quite obvious that I was not going to get a dress rehearsal!  I eyeballed the opening, sewed in my ends and left it to my sister-in-law to wrestle him into it.  It’s a perfect fit and I must say that the colour compliments his fur tone very well.  Sandi was beaming with pride, just like a new mom!  Sandi grew up on a farm with dogs her whole life and swore she would never dress-up her dog.  But, now in the city with a young son and a soft heart, she says, well… it’s different now, lol!!

A big thanks to all of you who sent your comments about Murray.  I shared them with with Sandi and she was very touched!

Cabled Dog Sweater by Linda Cyr knit here with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky yarn in Tart.



–  Lisa

New store sample: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry


The Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry is a wonderfully entertaining knit due to the colour and technique changes throughout.  This project provides a perfect canvas for knitters to express their personality and creativity with colour and the fairisle section is a great opportunity for beginners to try out a little colourwork. We are big fans of Blue Sky Fiber’s new Woolstok yarn – it’s lofty and airy and a pleasure to knit with and after steam blocking the fabric softens but doesn’t lose body – exactly what one wants from a 100% wool yarn!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolstok yarn in our webstore.

om6_b  om4   om7

— Melissa

A few 21 Color Slouch Kits have arrived…

Only 5 in stock…

EDIT: Sorry these have now sold out.  Will post again as soon as we can get our hands on some more…


Knit in all 21 Woolstok colors, this striped slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers is light enough to be worn in any season. As fun to knit as it is to wear! Pattern is only available as a kit with all 21 Woolstok colors in 5 gram mini-hanks.

Get ’em while they’re hot, these are very hard to come by!

PURCHASE in our webstore.



Free pattern Friday: Fannie Cap by Margeau Soboti


(Photos: Margeau Soboti)

Margeau Soboti’s Fannie Cap is an easy and stylish hat that leans towards chic or whimsical depending on yarn choice and colour. Worked up with super bulky yarn and 10 mm needles, this is instant gratification knitting at it’s best! We’re thinking Malabrigo Rasta, Cascade Magnum, Cascade Lana Grande, or Freia Ombre Super Bulky

Need supplies? Shop super bulky yarns and pom pom makers in our webstore.


(Photos: Margeau Soboti)

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Cocoknits Sweater Care and Blocking Kits!

Our first order flew out of the store so we’re happy to let you know these kits have now been re-stocked! They are currently only available in store but telephone orders are welcome – 514-486-5648.



The Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit contains everything you need for handwashing and blocking your hand-knit items and all of your fine hand-washables. The kit is perfect for:

  • blocking seamless sweaters or accessories which do not require pinning
  • washing and drying seamed sweaters, either hand-knit or store-bought

If you knit mostly scarves, shawls, seamed sweaters and other pin-able items, the Knitter’s Block kit is probably best for you.

To protect surfaces from water, lay the Sweater Care Kit on the Knitter’s Block or other surface not susceptible to water damage. Wash super-absorbent towels in cold water and air dry.


The Sweater Care Kit includes:

  • two fine mesh, zippered laundry bags (small: 8″ × 12 × 8″, large: 8″ × 22″ × 8″)
  • one large super-absorbent towel (dimensions 36″ × 60″)
  • one super-absorbent grid towel, inches and centimeters on opposite sides (dimensions 40″ × 40″)
  • one mesh pop-up dryer (dimensions 28″ × 34″ opened, 11″ diameter folded)
  • a bottle of unscented Eucalan wash
  • jute bag (dimensions 15″ × 12″ × 5″)





Everything you need to block your handknits.

  • 18 interlocking, fiber-topped EVA foam tiles, each measures 12″ × 12″ (tiles from the new kit are compatible with older Knitter’s Block tiles)
  • 40 stainless steel T-pins
  • 48″ square cotton cloth woven with 1″ square gingham to help measure your finished piece
  • A sturdy jute bag to contain the kit


What makes Knitter’s Block special?

Very low, lightly barbed pile – fabric covering gently grips your knitting without pilling or leaving fibers

Versatile – can be assembled in a variety of sizes from a square for sweater pieces, a long rectangle for scarves or a triangle for shawls

Thick backing of waterproof EVA – suitable for use on any surface since moisture won’t seep through, holds pins firmly in place, blocked items dry faster than with towels because the tiles don’t absorb water

Heat resistant – essential for steam blocking

Compact – blocks are stored in a sturdy 14”x14” bag

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Big Merino Mitts


We have a simple and handsome mitten pattern in a quick-knitting aran weight yarn for you today! These lovely mitts are knit in the round in one piece. Stitches for thumb are placed on hold and the thumb is knit after the mitten is finished. Easy-peasy. We used DROPS Big Merino – a soft, 100% extrafine merino yarn ideal for knitting patterns that require some structure.  Available in colours to suit everyone on your list. 🙂

Click here for pattern!

SHOP Drops Big Merino in our webstore.




– Melissa

Mark your calendars! Our festive Knit-Along begins December 8th


Join us on for a 2-week festive Knit-Along in December. We’ve chosen two fun and appropriately colourful patterns for the occasion:  Christmas Baubles by Mona Schmidt and Knitted Christmas Stockings by Joy Green.  Both call for worsted weight yarns and we recommend any of the following: Cascade 220, Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, Madelinetosh Vintage, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, or Spud & Chloe Sweater.

The Knit-Along will run for 2 consecutive Thursdays – December 8th and 15th – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come to the store on those dates ready to knit among friends.  We only request that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your ornaments or stocking.

We hope to see you there!


Free pattern Friday: Peekaboo Mitts by Abi Gregorio


(Photo: SpiderWomanKnits)

A quick and easy pair of warm and cozy fingerless mitts knit with your favourite worsted weight yarn and 4.5 mm (US 7) needles. Keep them simple with a single colour or personalize them with bright stripes or variegated yarn. There are so many options to choose from – everything from Rowan Pure Wool Worsted and Madelinetosh Vintage through Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok and Quince & Co. Owl.  For some colour changing fun, why not try Schoppelwolle Gradient or a variegated colourway in Manos del Uruguay Maxima.  For exquisite luxury – Woolfolk Far!  Abi Greogio’s Peekaboo Mitts are a great all-around pattern choice for festive gift-giving – no one can ever have too many pairs!


(Photo: SpiderWomanKnits)

– Melissa

Have you heard? Madelinetosh has been re-stocked!

Boxes and boxes of Madelinetosh have been rolling in over the last few weeks and Prairie, Tosh Merino Light, Tosh DK, Tosh Vintage, Tosh Chunky, ASAP, and Unicorn Tails have all now been re-stocked. There are loads of new colours in the mix – including speckles! Click on each yarn quality below to browse the full selection on our website.  🙂

Note: We are still waiting on some photos from our photographer but they will all be up on the webstore by tomorrow afternoon! 

Prairie – 31 colours in stock


Browse project inspiration for Prairie on Ravelry HERE!

Tosh Merino Light – 101 colours in stock


Browse project inspiration for Tosh Merino Light on Ravelry HERE!

Tosh DK – 61 colours in stock


Browse project inspiration for Tosh DK on Ravelry HERE!

Tosh Vintage – 64 colours in stock


Browse project inspiration for Tosh Vintage on Ravelry HERE!

Tosh Chunky – 68 colours in stock


Browse project inspiration for Tosh Chunky on Ravelry HERE!

ASAP – 44 colours in stock


Browse project inspiration for ASAP on Ravelry HERE!

Unicorn Tails


Browse project inspiration for Unicorn Tails on Ravelry HERE!

–  Melissa

New in store: Learn to Weave Kits from Nanoukiko & Triko


The lovely Natacha Castonguay of Nanoukiko & Triko dropped off weaving kits at the store yesterday and, as expected, they’re beautiful! Each kit includes: a frame loom (8″ x 10”), two wooden dowls, 2 tapestry needles, a collection of mixed fibers, string to warp the frame, and a weaving stick. Once purchased, simply e-mail Natacha and she will send you the pdf booklet which provides instructions on how to weave the sample below.  Kit includes enough materials to create two pretty little tapestries.



–  Melissa

Customer project profile: Alice’s Big Snowy Owl


Meet Alice, who just turned 9, and her Snowy Owl! Her peers were so impressed that she followed a real pattern, in English nonetheless (it is her 4th language) and used dpns!

What is the name of the pattern?  Big Snowy Owl by Purl Soho.

What yarns did you use?  Cascade Lana Grande.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I really liked it. The hardest thing was using the dpns, it got confusing at times.

What do you like most about the finished project? Alice loves her owl and reported  that she was very proud after she did the kitchener stitch and saw that it was invisible. She also really enjoyed that there was a pattern on the body of the owl.


[Just before adding the face]

Free pattern Friday: Pay it Forward Mittens by Joji Locatelli


(Photo: Jonna Hietala)

Joji Locatelli released a new free pattern and initiated a lovely and thoughtful initiative on Instagram this week to promote the spreading of hope, kindness, and generosity among knitters  and our various communities. You can join the movement on Instagram by using the hashtag #payitforwardmittens and #knitterspayitforward.

The Pay it Forward Mittens are knit using approximately 270 m of fingering weight yarn and the pattern is available in two sizes – women’s small and medium.


(Photo: Jonna Hietala)

–  Melissa

Don’t forget – Our Pure Joy Knit-Along begins tonight!


(Photo: Joji Locatelli)

Our Pure Joy KAL begins in store tonight at 7 pm!  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s yarn and colour choices for this beautiful shawl by Joji Locatelli.  Come and knit in company – a small but positive antidote to the last few days….

You will need:  800 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colors. You will need approximately 430 yards for color A and 380 yards for color B.  Attention: The designer notes that many skeins of fingering weight yarn have only 400 yards, but most testers used more than that for color A.

Pure Joy can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

The Knit-Along will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays – November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity). All we ask is that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your shawl.  🙂

If you complete your Pure Joy shawl by December 8th and send us a photo, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card!

–  Melissa

New in store: The Loome!


The Loome has landed in store! This all-in-one, patent-pending tool can make pom poms, tassels, a variety of friendship bracelets, cords and small weavings and also convert into a slingshot. The “Slingshot” Loome comes with a carved in ruler to help you track the length of what you’ve made.

Stunningly simple and incredibly versatile. The perfect must-have fiber craft and DIY tool for all adults and kids (7+).

To learn how to use the Loome, go to



A slightly different version of the Loome shown here with the Bookhou Box Tote in the Pepita print – also in store  🙂

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Shells & Tide by Veronika Jobe


Designer Veronika Jobe released a lovely new free pattern on Ravelry this week! Shells & Tide combines broken rib and a traveling lace shell motif in a large and squishy rectangular wrap knit with worsted weight yarn. We think this would be beautiful worked up in Lark from Quince & Co., Madelinetosh Vintage, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Blue Sky Fibre Woolstok, or Woolfolk Far!

Find the Shells & Tide pattern on Ravelry HERE.
SHOP all worsted weight yarns in our webstore.



(Photos: YOTH Yarns)

– Melissa

New in store: Freia Ombre Super Bulky!



Freia Ombre Super Bulky is a gorgeous 100% wool yarn blend of Rambouillet, Corriedale and Columbia wool from sheep raised in Colorado. The fibers are worsted spun into a single-ply yarn that is surprisingly strong, yet still soft and lofty.  Beautifully hand dyed in Freia’s signature colourways, this yarn knits up into stunning accessories at lightning speed – perfect for instant gratification and gift knitting!

SHOP Freia Ombre Super Bulky in our webstore.

For inspiration, check out the 1-skein projects featured below!

Jet Setter by StevenBe


(Project photo: StevenBe)

Freia Pom Pom Hat by Roxanne Yelle (FREE PATTERN!)


(Project photo: kayleesaurus)

Boston Cowl by Heidi May


(Project photo: KnitaGogo)

LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger (FREE PATTERN!)


(Project photo: OrangeSmoothie)

Little Imp Hat by Tina Whitmore


(Project photo: Tina Whitmore)

Cecelia Cowl by Loop London (FREE PATTERN!)


(Project photo: Loop Knitting Ltd)

Still a few spots left in upcoming classes and workshops…

Don’t miss your chance! Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve a spot  🙂

Amalia Siontas
Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, November 13, 20, 27

Spinning is the ancient textile art where fiber is turned into yarn – something every knitter or weaver can never have enough of! In this course, you’ll be learning to spin your very own yarn using a drop spindle. We will cover how to draft, spin, and wind your yarn, as well as various plying techniques and how to finish (set) it. You will also be learning about choosing and working with different kinds of fiber, and the various types of drop spindles available. Required materials: 1/2 pound of corriedale fiber (or another similar long-stapled wool) and a drop spindle weighing around 1.5 ounces or less. Pre-requisites: none

KIDS LEARN TO KNIT (Bilingual Class)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
Sundays, 4 pm – 6 pm, November 20, 27 and December 4

Let your child discover a love and passion for knitting. Children are introduced to the basics. Two types of simple and fun finger knitting techniques will be taught in the beginning to get your child accustumed to working with yarn. Then, creative methods are used to teach your child how to knit with needles and to remember how to knit once they go home. Once the child has learned the knit stitch and purl stitch, they will be ready to begin small projects. Pre-requisites: Ages 8+

Tuesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, November 15

You’re pretty confident with your knitting but making a mistake still throws you for a loop? We will have a look at common mistakes, like twisted and dropped stitches, extra yarn-overs, unwanted increaes and decreases…and whatever else comes up! I will demonstrate how to fix the before mentioned. Required materials: Any of your knitting, with or without mistakes, to practice on, together with a crochet hook, spare needles (double-pointed or circulars), possibly a stitch holder. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl

Françoise Richard-Devereaux
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm November 22, 29, December 6, 13

The Exploration Station by Stephen West is a fun and beautiful shawl pattern that allows you to play with colours and stitches and learn basic colourwork, short rows, brioche stitch and brioche increases, chevron and i-cord bind off. With this project, just as you begin to get bored with your knitting, everything changes and your interest is renewed once again. Required materials: Pattern, Fingering weight yarn in four colours (quantities indicated in pattern), 4mm 40”circular needle (or needle size to get gauge). Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate knitter.

Colette van Haaren
Sunday, 9 am – 12 pm, December 4

Short rows are used for many things, sock heels among them. But you can also use the technique to knit a toe. In this workshop you will knit a partial mini sock from the toe up (toe-foot-heel). Techniques include: a temporary cast on, picking up stitches, short-rows, and Magic Loop knitting in the round.
Required materials: small amount of leftover yarn and circular needles with a flexible cable. To better see what you are doing, use larger needles (5mm+) and corresponding yarn. Prerequisite:  long-tail cast on and knitting in the round.

New and re-stocked: Pom Pom Quarterly and Jared Flood’s Woolens

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 19: Winter 2016


From the Pom Pom website:

With the arrival of winter comes the opportunity to revel in our favourite woolly pasttime as we move towards colder months. While the light and seasons change we can look back at the year so far and take stock of what we’ve made and learned.

The inspiration for our Winter 2016 issue is ‘reflections’, interpreted in many ways by our contributors in articles, cocktail recipes, and a beautiful set of illustrations. This theme has also been translated into stunning knits by our designers; abstract forms of shadows, or refracted light on water became the inspiration for the playful symmetry and elegant geometry of these eleven designs.


Click here to PREVIEW.

Printed in the UK on lovely heavy paper.

PURCHASE Pom Pom Magazine in our webstore.

Woolens by Jared Flood


Our first delivery of Jared Flood’s gorgeous new book sold out almost instantly! Now, back in stock.

Click here to PREVIEW.

“Woolens includes 11 new patterns by designer Jared Flood, founder and creative director of Brooklyn Tweed. From hats and cowls to scarves, shawls, and wraps, projects suitable for adventurous beginners and seasoned knitters abound.

Several patterns in the book offer multiple design pathways that allow the maker to customize the garment according to personal taste. Many designs are unisex. A thorough techniques section shepherds knitters through the patterns and serves as a valuable standalone reference resource.

Flood’s lavish photography kindles the imagination and inspires creative knitters to original interpretations. Woolens makes a wonderful gift for a knitting friend and is a worthy addition to any knitting library.

  • 138 pages with full color photographs
  • Book Dimensions: 8″ by 10″
  • Perfect bound softcover with soft-touch coating
  • FSC-certified publication
  • Printed in the USA at a press powered by 100% renewable energy

PURCHASE Woolens in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Re-stocked: Woolfolk Far


We are thrilled to announce that we are again fully stocked with all colours of Woolfolk’s incredibly special yarn, Får – including 5 new colourways!

Exquisitely soft and lustrous,  Får is made from Ultimate Merino®, an ecologically sourced and produced yarn developed in partnership with the Ovis 21 biodiversity and grasslands regeneration project and Patagonian farmers, the Nature Conservancy, and outdoor retailer Patagonia Inc. Ultimate Merino® has a micron count of 17.5, and combines the hand of cashmere with the wear of merino. Perfect for luxurious worsted weight sweaters and cold weather accessories.

Woolfolk yarns are available exclusively at only a small number of hand-selected retail partners and we are honoured to be one of them.

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore (missing colourway photos coming soon)!

Project inspiration below 🙂

LØS by Ashley Yousling


MOS by Michele Wang


Arkade Scarf and Cowl by Anotonia Shankland



DRYS by Melanie Berg


–  Melissa

New in store: Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Zing Interchangeable Needle Sets!

The Knitter’s Pride 2016 Holiday Gift Set has just landed!


Melodies of Life – a name that takes inspiration from all those heart-touching lyrics and songs that have enthralled us over the years! The sounds of music come together to define these needles, in colors that sing and one that invites all connoisseurs to indulge in the craft that they so cherish!

The boxed set consists of:

  • Nine pairs of vibrant color-coded Zing needles – US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11 (3.5, 3.75, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 8.0 mm) that carry laser-marked sizes.
  • Four colour coded cables in lengths of 24’’ (60cm – green), 32’’ – 2 nos. (80cm – orange) & 40’’ (100cm – red).
  • An assortment of knitting accessories (set of cord connectors, wool needles, and stitch holders) packed in a coordinated monogrammed fabric pouch.

The ‘Melodies of Life’ set also contains two pairs of fascinating earrings that have been crafted at our factory and made from our famous colored wood! These are being offered absolutely free of cost to our awesome band of knitters who have always supported and encouraged all of us at Knitter’s Pride to continually develop some great products!

SHOP the Melodies of Life set in our webstore!



–   Melissa

Join us for a Pure Joy Knit Along!



(Photos: Joji Locatelli)

We are smitten with Joji Locatelli’s Pure Joy shawl and have decided to hold a Thursday evening Knit-Along to work this one up!  The simplicity of this design makes it an ideal choice for knitting in company and also provides a beautiful canvas for everyone to express their unique personality and preferences through  yarn and colour choices.

As the designer notes: “The combination of garter stitch, short rows and eyelet rows can create the most varied results, but it always guarantees that you’ll have a good time knitting. Enjoy working away on this simple and fun project!

You will need:  800 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colors. You will need approximately 430 yards for color A and 380 yards for color B.  Attention: The designer notes that many skeins of fingering weight yarn have only 400 yards, but most testers used more than that for color A.

Pure Joy can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

The Knit-Along will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays – November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come to the store on those dates ready to cast on and knit the Pure Joy among friends.  All we ask is that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your shawl.  🙂

If you complete your Pure Joy shawl by December 8th and send us a photo, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card!



(Photos: Joji Locatelli)

–  Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Simple House Slippers (again)

I blogged this free pattern back in July but I think it’s much more appropriate to post it now – there’s nothing quite like a pair of cozy hand knit slippers when the weather takes a sharp left towards winter…


(Photos: Simone A.)

These Simple House Slippers by Simone Alexandra are as easy to wear as they are to knit. The pattern is knit flat at the back (garter stitch) and then in the round for the rest of the foot (stockinette).  The toe has a very rounded shape like the top of mittens making these look and feel more like real slippers than house socks.  Cozy and classic.  Start now and knit a bunch of these in time for holiday gift-giving (yes, I really said that – it’s never too soon to get started)!

Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced knitters looking for an in-between project.

One size fits most (easily adjustable).

I knit this pair last Saturday with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky and have been wearing them at home ever since! Quick, easy, and oh, so satisfying.



Just added to our webstore: Books & Mags!

After many requests, we’ve finally added a new section to our website where you can order the latest and greatest publications on the knitting / crocheting / weaving scene! We’ve just started adding products to our new BOOKS & MAGS section but it will continue to grow so be sure to check back regularly.

On this front, we’re happy to let you know that a stunning new quarterly magazine and a  beautiful new weaving book landed in store this week…

SHOP Books & Mags in our webstore.

Koel Magazine from Studio Bloesem


A new quarterly magazine by Studio Bloesem that celebrates crafting with yarns to create a stylish home. Curating a contemporary interior decor with yarns. It brings back the coolness to decorative crochet, knitting, macramé, latch hooking, needlework, and weaving. Selectively featuring guest stories on other vices of KOEL’s makers, such as flowers, food, ceramics and other handmade crafts.

KOEL helps yarn crafters to connect the dots. From pattern inspiration to creating an artwork that adds to the uniqueness of a home. Sourcing the best yarns and materials was never so easy. KOEL’s pages are filled with interior styling tips and tricks. In KOEL, we document the creative journeys of yarn crafters across the globe, through interviews and special reports.

KOEL is impeccably curated through captivating photography, revealing beautifully styled spaces. Homes become personal museums filled with handmade yarn designs.  A gift to those that are passionate about yarns and their homes, you will find KOEL on coffee tables, a keepsake treasure with thumbed pages. KOEL is a timeless source of inspiration for yarn crafters.



On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie


In On the Loom, Maryanne Moodie brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in a comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography. Learn the basics of this simple and beautiful craft with valuable information on basic stitches, tools needed, and even how to make your own looms.

Split by loom type—circular, rectangular, and even found objects—24 lush, bohemian, and uniquely modern projects for the home and to wear draw deeply on the nostalgic quality of vintage textiles. In addition to the how-to, this is the ultimate resource for finding your own creativity and style through this medium, from learning which materials to use for different effects to discovering how to use color to create vintage-inspired projects with a modern twist.



–  Melissa